When is the last time that you’ve driven across town and you realized that you don’t remember actually how you got there. Your mind was elsewhere but you ended up at your destination. It’s kinda scary when you think about it, but you’ve probably experienced this at some point. Here’s what happened. Wiki tells us it’s called highway hypnosis. It’s a mental state in which a person can drive a car great distances, responding to external events in the expected, safe and correct manner with no recollection of having consciously done so. In this state, the driver’s conscious mind is apparently fully focused elsewhere, while seemingly still processing the information needed to drive safely.
This phenomenon makes me think about our lives. Do we do this in our everyday lives? Basically sleep walking through life. Sure, we do all the things necessary to get from here to there everyday. But do we miss the nuances the moments that can be, that could have been but we missed because our focus was elsewhere.
Spiritually I feel like we do that. We’ve got highway hypnosis, we’re going along but our mind is elsewhere. So often it’s the struggles of life that become our focus instead of the nuances and moments that the Holy Spirit is leading that we can miss. When we do that we can miss days, weeks, months and even years because our focus is elsewhere, and that shapes our lives.
So how can we change that? First: Live in the moment. Be aware. When you catch yourself “zoning” spiritually, make a shift. Secondly, there is a phrase that the Holy Spirit dropped in my heart a few weeks ago, “Let us do what we’ve been called us to do based out of our time with You. (the Holy Spirit)” When we do that we truly fulfill our purpose. Because we’re flowing with the One who created us and our purpose. Live from this place. Have a continual dialogue with the Holy Spirit and move out of that place of purpose, healing and life. If you do these two things you’ll live the intentional life of purpose that you want and that you were created for.